Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 holding the model number SM-T810 and SM-T815 can now be updated to Android 7.1 Nougat using the all new LineageOS. After the suspension of CyaongenMod, LineageOS will be giving a new life to all the devices that are not receiving any further updates from the device manufacturers.
Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S2 2 years ago from today. Tab S2 had two variants including the 8.0 and a 9.7 variant. The Tab S2 G810 and G815 both are the 9.7-inch variants. SM-T810 comes with only WiFi while T815 has both the 3G/LTE and WiFi capabilities. Galaxy Tab S2 is powered by Exynos 5433 CPU accompanied by Mali-T760 MP6 GPU. A 3 GB RAM with internal storage options 32 and 64 GB are a part of this device Galaxy Tab S2 originally ran on Android Lollipop out of the box. Samsung updated Tab S2 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and it looks like that was it. After the Marshmallow update, Tab S2 hasn’t received any further Android update.
We posted the CyanogenMod 14 and CynaogenMod 14.1 based on Android Nougat for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 earlier. A new OS called LineageOS, which has taken over the CyanogenMOD is also available for the Tab S2. We will be going through the steps to install the operating system and just before that, we will check what’s working in it and what’s not.
The firmware is in development stages and it is continuously improving. However, there doesn’t seem to be a issue which would hinder your everyday use. Highlighted issues contain a low audio volume input, video buffer has issues while streaming videos and Netflix doesn’t work fine. If these issues are not a big deal for you, you may find it a great piece of software as you are getting your hands on the latest and greatest version of Android till date.
To flash this firmware on your Galaxy Tab S2 SM-T810 or SM-T815, you need a custom recovery like the TWRP and then you need to follow a few steps. Read the preparations before you start installing it.
- Backup everything on your device before proceeding. Do not flash the files on any other device. Check the model number under Settings > About device. Charge your phone up to 50% to make sure that it doesn’t die during flashing process. Follow all the instructions to the letter.
The ROM flashing process requires you to factory reset your device, so, make sure that you backup all of your important contacts, call logs, sms messages and media content. Flashing a custom ROM is not recommended by device manufacturers and the process is highly custom. In case a mishap occurs, TechBeasts, the ROM developer or the device manufacturer may not be held responsible. Make sure that you are doing everything at your own risk.
Install Galaxy Tab S2 T810/T815 Android 7.1 Nougat LineageOS
- Your phone must have a TWRP recovery installed on it.
- Download the ROM according to your device: T815 lineage-14.1-20170127-UNOFFICIAL-gts210ltexx.zip | T810 lineage-14.1-20170127-UNOFFICIAL-gts210wifi.zip
- Copy to the internal or external storage.
- Download Google GApps.zip file for Android Nougat and copy it to your phone’s internal or external storage as well.
- Download SuperSU Addon.zip file and copy it to your Tab S2’s storage as well.
- Boot into TWRP recovery on your Tab S2 9.7. To do so, first turn off your phone and then turn it on by pressing and holding Power + Volume Down > navigate to recovery mode and then boot into it.
- In TWRP recovery, tap Wipe > perform a factory data reset prior to the flashing of ROM.
- Now in TWRP recovery tap Install > Locate the ROM.zip file from where you placed > select the file > Swipe to confirm flash > flash it.
- Once the ROM flashes, get back to the TWRP recovery main menu and flash GApps.zip file in the same way as you flashed the ROM. After flashing GApps.zip, flash SuperSU.zip file as well.
- Now in TWRP home-screen tap Reboot > System.
- Your Tab S2 9.7 will now boot up into newly installed Android 7.0 Nougat and that’s all.
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